2019-10-19: News Headlines

RT (2019-10-19). 'We don't own Syria': Lee Camp shreds media's 'manipulative' coverage of US troop withdrawal (VIDEO). rt.com President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria sent the mainstream media into a full-blown meltdown, Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp said, slamming their hawkish coverage as mindless and deceitful. | The withdrawal of US forces stationed in the region prompted the New York Times to run a front-page headline decrying how Syrian forces would soon take control of the "US void"… in their own country. | None of this makes sense, Camp argued. | There are certain things you will never hear from the mainstream media. For one thing, we don't own Syria. This is an illegal invasion of ours… The way they…

WSWS (2019-10-19). Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies. wsws.org Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.

WSWS (2019-10-19). Fighting continues in wake of US-Turkish agreement on northern Syria. wsws.org The "ceasefire" deal has only intensified opposition within US ruling circles, where the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is seen as strengthening Russia's hand in the Middle East.

WSWS (2019-10-19). Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback. wsws.org Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-10-19). Sharon Tennison's Closer Look at Russia. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…

Daniel Warner (2019-10-18). Greta the Disturber. counterpunch.org Greta Thunberg has become an international figure. The sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist has gone from a lonely student skipping school on Fridays to protest for more action on global warming to being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Greta has become a global player. The New York City Board of Education officially excused over More

RT (2019-10-18). 'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…

Daniel Beaumont (2019-10-18). Pressing Done Here: Syria, Iraq and "Informed Discussion" counterpunch.org Yes, Iraq too again. Innocent Iraqis, most of them young, are being shot and killed now by the hundreds as they protest the corruption and incompetence of the current government. The title of Patrick Cockburn's last article about Iraq is "Iraq is in Revolt" (CounterPunch, October 7, 2019). The US "liberation" of Iraq in 2003 More

Tim Wheeler (2019-10-18). "Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings. peoplesworld.org I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant. globalresearch.ca Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-18). It's Curtains for US in Syria. Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan. globalresearch.ca The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies (2019-10-18). Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War. commondreams.org Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_endless_war_syria_kurds.jpg

Brandon Smith (2019-10-18). The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos. globalresearch.ca For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country's importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a …

Staff (2019-10-18). Is Trump More Concerned With Erdoƒüan Relationship Than With Kurdish Lives? truthout.org After meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish officials agreed to temporarily pause Turkey's invasion of the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions. While the agreement may prevent further bloodshed and blunt a growing humanitarian crisis, it represents a victory for Turkey's authoritarian president and a setback for Syrian Kurdish militias that allied with the United States in the fight against ISIS. | The Syrian D…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-10-18). The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins. globalresearch.ca "Moscow and Damascus have always maintained they are against any form of partition or illegal foreign presence in Syria." | Moscow has managed to maintain contacts with all parties in the conflict, even in spite of its stance against partition and …

Almasdar News (2019-10-18). US Military Unlikely to Withdraw from Eastern Syria and Its Oil Fields. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. | According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won't …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-10-18). Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player. globalresearch.ca The United States of America emerged victorious from the Second World War, and came out stronger than any other country in the world. The allies- notably the Soviet Union- won the war but emerged much weaker. They needed to reconstruct …

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-18). Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/17/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Arabi Souri (2019-10-18). Syrian Army Entered Ayn al-Arab at the Borders with Turkey. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army is deploying at Ayn Al-Arab, the tip of the Syrian northern borders with Turkey, its vanguards arriving in Raqqa, the city which US forces obliterated quite deliberately and claimed it had been liberated it from its …

Stephen Lendman (2019-10-18). Contradictory US/Turkey Ceasefire in Northern Syria. Turkey is Playing the US and Russia Cards Simultaneously. globalresearch.ca On Thursday in Ankara, Turkish President Erdogan met with Mike Pence and Pompeo, a joint statement by both sides issued following talks. See below. | Trump regime hardliners want their imperial agenda in Syria continued, notably aiming to undermine Russian efforts …

Nermeen Shaikh (2019-10-18). "Meltdown": Trump defends Syria withdrawal as house votes 354 to 60 to condemn his actions. nationofchange.org As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish …

United Nations (2019-10-18). Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety. un.org Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military.

teleSUR (2019-10-18). Activists Mount "Sick-In" To Highlight Pollution in Chile. telesurenglish.net Greenpeace activists and residents of communities suffering from industrial pollution created a mock hospital ward outside the Chilean presidential palace on Thursday to demand that the government commit to shutting down coal-fired power plants by 2030. | RELATED: | Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished | About 20 people were lying in hospital beds, hooked up to oxygen tanks and covered by sheets "stained" with pollution. | The aim of the…

Nino Pagliccia (2019-10-18). Peace Restored in Ecuador, But is trust? counterpunch.org After ten people were reported killed on the streets of Ecuador, together with about 2,000 people injured and a large number imprisoned, an agreement was reached between the Lenin Moreno government and protesters against a controversial Decree 883 that had the footprint of the neoliberal austerity policies of the IMF. For the time being the More

Julia Conley (2019-10-18). Sallie Mae's Hawaii retreat while millions struggle to repay loans bolsters argument to 'cancel all student debt,' Sanders says. nationofchange.org Critics of the United States' student debt crisis took aim at loan corporation Sallie Mae on Friday after NBC News reported on a trip the company's executives took over the summer to Hawaii to celebrate record-breaking sales in 2018. NBC reported Thursday night that more than 100 executives and salespeople used some of the profits raked in from 45 million Americans who …

commondreams (2019-10-18). As NBC Rejects Calls for Independent, Outside Investigation, Women's Group Urges DNC to Cancel Upcoming Presidential Primary Debate on MSNBC. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Akela Lacy (2019-10-18). Senate Republicans to Hold "Save the Senate" Retreat at Trump Hotel. theintercept.com The Senate Republicans' campaign arm is hosting a multi-day retreat at the Trump International Hotel next month, the latest in a series of GOP events that have the added purpose of enriching the president's company. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee is hosting a "Save the Senate" retreat from November 7 to 8 at the Washington, D.C., hotel. Listed on the invitation as attending are Donald Tr…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-18). Anti-immigrant Group Leader Maria Espinoza Runs for Congress Again. splcenter.org Maria Espinoza, the national director of the anti-immigrant hate group the Remembrance Project, is running again for Congress in her home district in Texas.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-10-18). Sallie Mae's Hawaii Retreat While Millions Struggle to Repay Loans Bolsters Argument to 'Cancel All Student Debt,' Sanders Says. commondreams.org Critics of the United States' student debt crisis directed outrage at loan corporation Sallie Mae on Friday after NBC News reported on a recent trip its executives took to Hawaii to celebrate record-breaking sales in 2018. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/graduate_debt-2_0.jpg

Staff (2019-10-18). Headlines for October 18, 2019. democracynow.org Under U.S. Deal, Turkish Occupation of Northern Syria Continues; Ethnic Cleansing Feared, "We Do That All the Time": Mulvaney Admits to Quid Pro Quo over Ukraine, Ambassador Sondland Confirms Giuliani Pushed Ukraine Policy, Energy Secretary Rick Perry to Resign, U.S. to Host G7 at Trump Resort in Possible Violation of Constitution, Civilian Casualties Reach New High in Afghanistan, Corbyn Urges Labour Party Members to Reject New Brexit Deal, Chicago Teacher Strike Enters Second Day, NYC City Council Backs Plan to Close Rikers as Activists Call for No New Jails, Cuban Asylum Seeker Dies in Solitary Confinement in…

susan_p (2019-10-18). Danish Red-Green Alliance congress: Organising for climate and social justice. greenleft.org.au Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…

Marco Terrugi (2019-10-18). First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity. workers.org The following is based on a slightly modified translation by Resumen Latinoamericano, published Sept. 21. The First International Women's Congress for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, held in Caracas [Sept. 19-21], assembled representatives of 110 organizations from 23 countries from all over the world. The proposal and plans for the . . . | Continue reading First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity at Workers.org

Ed Sykes (2019-10-18). Ocasio-Cortez nails why Trump's latest pact is so utterly disturbing. thecanary.co On 17 October, the US announced a highly controversial deal with Turkey that would supposedly see Turkish-led invaders suspend their attacks on northern Syria (aka Rojava). The condition was essentially that the largely-Kurdish communities of Rojava would have to stop resisting and leave their homes behind. Turkey would then move other people into the area to replace them (as it previousl…

Jonathan Cook (2019-10-18). US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis. dissidentvoice.org There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …

Gregory Shupak (2019-10-18). Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria. fair.org President Donald Trump's modification of the US's Syria policy has generated a torrent of confusion, so it's worth reviewing the record. | White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced on October 6: Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria . The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial "Caliphate," will no longer be in the immediate area. | The statement is notable both b…

RT (2019-10-17). Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it. rt.com Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Sorting Facts From Fiction About the US Withdrawal From Syria. mintpressnews.com If one believes in the restoration of international law and the tenets of the UN Charter, then the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from northern Syria is a good thing. Here are some facts and history that explain why.

Staff (2019-10-17). Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force? therealnews.com The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?

Umar Farooq (2019-10-17). Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria. theintercept.com The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Syria means nobody knows who will eventually control the 10,000 ISIS fighters there or where they will wind up.

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2019-10-17). It's Curtains for US in Syria: Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan. dissidentvoice.org The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and the Assad regime. We have a complex scenario where on the one hand the Turkish …

Ajamu Baraka (2019-10-17). Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism. dissidentvoice.org Despite so many self-defined radicals' reading and claims to understand Gramsci's corrective to Marxism-Leninism's mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the base and the ideological superstructure, the ease by which some radicals are manipulated by the crude ideological machinations of the ruling class is truly astonishing. It is quite understandable that liberals would be manipulated …

Rick Sterling (2019-10-17). Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria is GOOD. dissidentvoice.org The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad, even ISIS. It is true that the policy of US/NATO interventionism is failing. But that has been …

teleSUR (2019-10-17). Turkey Agrees with US To Pause Syria Attack, Kurds To Speak Soon. telesurenglish.net Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its five-day offensive on Syria to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" that Ankara had sought to capture in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and Turkey as a complete victory. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | The truce was announced by United States Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan. | If implemented, it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announc…

Tom Anderson (2019-10-17). We need to force the government to end all arms deals with Turkey, not just some. thecanary.co On Tuesday 15 October, the British government suspended new arms sales to Turkey over its invasion of northern Syria. | Foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced that no more export licences would be granted "for items that might be used in milita…

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-17). Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-17). With just one tweet, the youngest ever MSP destroys Trump's drivel on Turkey's invasion of Syria. thecanary.co Ross Greer, the youngest ever member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), has brilliantly taken down Donald Trump's latest drivel on Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria (aka Rojava). | Schooled: | NATO's second largest army is currently attacking Ku…

United Nations (2019-10-17). Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite 'remarkable developments' in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief. un.org Despite major political developments at a national level, which have led to the establishment of a civilian-led government, the security situation in the Darfur region of Sudan remains unstable, UN peace chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed the Security Council on Thursday.

teleSUR (2019-10-17). US Carried Out Cyber Strike on Iran in Wake of Saudi Oil Attack. telesurenglish.net The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters. | RELATED: | Iran Says They Are Ready For Peace Talks With Saudi Arabia | The officials, who spoke on anonymity, said the operation too…

United Nations (2019-10-17). Concerned over Haiti's political crisis, Guterres promises 'continuous commitment'. un.org In the light of on-going instability across Haiti and this week's transition away from fully-fledged peacekeeping operations, the UN chief on Thursday promised "the continuous commitment" of the Organization "to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development".

Staff (2019-10-17). Headlines for October 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Has "Meltdown" After Lawmakers Rebuke His Actions on Syria, Gordon Sondland to Testify in Impeachment Inquiry Today, Britain and European Union Reach Brexit Deal, Protests Continue in Catalonia After Sentencing of Separatist Leaders, Trump Admin Proposes Opening Up Tongass National Forest to Logging, 500,000 Kids Could Lose Free School Lunches Under Changes to Food Stamp Program, Chicago Public School Teachers on Strike Today, General Motors and UAW Reach Tentative Deal Aimed at Ending Strike, NYC Council Slated to Vote on $8 Billion Plan to Close Rikers & Build New Jails, Maryland Congressmember Elijah Cum…

2019-10-19: Social Media Postees

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Hillary Clinton slanders Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Green Party candidate Jill Stein as Russian spies
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Clinton's claims, made without the slightest factual substantiation, are an attempt to criminalize the anti-war statements of the two candidates as treasonous.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/clin-o19.html

Democrats link Trump impeachment drive to dissent in military over Syria pullback
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
Retired Special Operations Commander William McRaven published an op-ed piece in the New York Times Thursday calling for Trump's removal "the sooner, the better."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/trum-o19.html

'We don't own Syria': Lee Camp shreds media's 'manipulative' coverage of US troop withdrawal (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-10-19
President Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria sent the mainstream media into a full-blown meltdown, Redacted Tonight's Lee Camp said, slamming their hawkish coverage as mindless and deceitful. | The withdrawal of US forces stationed in the region prompted the New York Times to run a front-page headline decrying how Syrian forces would soon take control of the "US void"… in their own country. | None of this makes sense, Camp argued. | There are certain things you will never hear from the mainstream media. For one thing, we don't own Syria. This is an illegal invasion of ours… The way they…
rt.com/usa/471298-we-dont-own-syria-lee-camp/

Fighting continues in wake of US-Turkish agreement on northern Syria
wsws.org | 2019-10-19
The "ceasefire" deal has only intensified opposition within US ruling circles, where the withdrawal of US troops from Syria is seen as strengthening Russia's hand in the Middle East.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/10/19/turk-o19.html

Sharon Tennison's Closer Look at Russia
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-10-19
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94401…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/10/17/18827374.php

Tulsi Gabbard, the Only Anti-War Progressive US Presidential Aspirant
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
Gabbard deserves praise for being anti-war and on the right side of other major issues. | Her "vision for America" includes world peace over endless US wars, no longer "supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-only-anti-war-progressive-us-presidential-aspirant/5692387

'Queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption': Tulsi Gabbard DRAGS Hillary Clinton after 'Russian asset' claim
rt.com | 2019-10-18
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has accused Hillary Clinton of being behind a 'concerted campaign' to destroy her reputation and challenged her to stop hiding and enter the 2020 presidential race. | "Great! Thank you Hillary Clinton," Gabbard tweeted on Friday afternoon. "You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain." | "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we…
rt.com/usa/471268-tulsi-hillary-corruption-russian-asset/

Winners and Losers in the Turkish Attack on Syria. Russia is the Most Successful Player
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The United States of America emerged victorious from the Second World War, and came out stronger than any other country in the world. The allies- notably the Soviet Union- won the war but emerged much weaker. They needed to reconstruct …
globalresearch.ca/winners-losers-turkish-attack-kurds-syria-3/5692402

Kurds Say Turkey Used Chem Weapons & US Announces Syria Ceasefire That Turkey Says Isn't A Ceasefire
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-18
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/17/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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Contradictory US/Turkey Ceasefire in Northern Syria. Turkey is Playing the US and Russia Cards Simultaneously
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
On Thursday in Ankara, Turkish President Erdogan met with Mike Pence and Pompeo, a joint statement by both sides issued following talks. See below. | Trump regime hardliners want their imperial agenda in Syria continued, notably aiming to undermine Russian efforts …
globalresearch.ca/contradictory-usturkey-ceasefire-in-northern-syria-turkey-is-playing-the-us-and-russia-cards-simultaneously/5692391

America's Syria Debacle Is Not Trump's Alone
Trita Parsi, Stephen Wertheim | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas on Oct. 17. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_33.jpeg
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Amid ongoing fighting in northeast Syria, hundreds cross Iraqi border in search of safety
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-18
Shelling and clashes in northern Syria on the border with Turkey continue to cause hundreds of people to flee, the UN said on Friday, despite a cessation of hostilities deal between Turkish forces and Syrian-backed Kurdish military.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049561

Trump's Fake Withdrawal From Endless War
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J S Davies | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Kurdish Syrian civilians flee the town of Kobane on the Turkish border on October 16, 2019 as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. – Turkey rebuffed international pressure to curb its military offensive against Kurdish militants in Syria today as US President Donald Trump dispatched his deputy Mike Pence to Ankara to demand a ceasefire. (Photo: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_endless_war_syria_kurds.jpg
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The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos
Brandon Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country's importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-debacle-well-planned-chaos/5692332

It's Curtains for US in Syria. Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and …
globalresearch.ca/us-syria-russia-iran-owe-big-thanks-erdogan/5692385

Pressing Done Here: Syria, Iraq and "Informed Discussion"
Daniel Beaumont | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Yes, Iraq too again. Innocent Iraqis, most of them young, are being shot and killed now by the hundreds as they protest the corruption and incompetence of the current government. The title of Patrick Cockburn's last article about Iraq is "Iraq is in Revolt" (CounterPunch, October 7, 2019). The US "liberation" of Iraq in 2003…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/pressing-done-here-syria-iraq-and-informed-discussion/

Media Alarmed by Imaginary US Pullout From Syria
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-10-18
President Donald Trump's modification of the US's Syria policy has generated a torrent of confusion, so it's worth reviewing the record. | White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham announced on October 6: Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria . The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial "Caliphate," will no longer be in the immediate area. | The statement is notable both b…
fair.org/home/media-alarmed-by-imaginary-pullout-from-syria/

US Military Unlikely to Withdraw from Eastern Syria and Its Oil Fields
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The U.S. Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News. | According to the source, the U.S. Armed Forces won't …
globalresearch.ca/us-military-unlikely-withdraw-eastern-syria-oil-fields/5692392

The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
"Moscow and Damascus have always maintained they are against any form of partition or illegal foreign presence in Syria." | Moscow has managed to maintain contacts with all parties in the conflict, even in spite of its stance against partition and …
globalresearch.ca/russian-masterpiece-syria-everyone-wins/5692317

Syrian Army Entered Ayn al-Arab at the Borders with Turkey
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-18
The Syrian Arab Army is deploying at Ayn Al-Arab, the tip of the Syrian northern borders with Turkey, its vanguards arriving in Raqqa, the city which US forces obliterated quite deliberately and claimed it had been liberated it from its …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-army-entered-ayn-al-arab-borders-turkey/5692361

Is Trump More Concerned With Erdoğan Relationship Than With Kurdish Lives?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-10-18
After meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in Ankara on Thursday, Turkish officials agreed to temporarily pause Turkey's invasion of the Rojava autonomous region in northeast Syria in exchange for the lifting of U.S. sanctions. While the agreement may prevent further bloodshed and blunt a growing humanitarian crisis, it represents a victory for Turkey's authoritarian president and a setback for Syrian Kurdish militias that allied with the United States in the fight against ISIS. | The Syrian D…
truthout.org/articles/is-trump-more-concerned-with-erdogan-relationship-than-with-kurdish-lives/

US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of Isis
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-18
There is something profoundly deceitful in the Democratic Party and corporate media's framing of Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to like Trump or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the sudden departure of US forces from northern Syria to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/us-democrats-cultivated-the-barbarism-of-isis/

"Meltdown": Trump defends Syria withdrawal as house votes 354 to 60 to condemn his actions
Nermeen Shaikh | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
As the displacement of 300,000 civilians over Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas continues in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to condemn President Trump's actions. Turkey invaded the region on October 9, shortly after Trump virtually greenlit the Turkey assault by abruptly withdrawing a small number of U.S. troops who were protecting Kurdish …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/meltdown-trump-defends-syria-withdrawal-as-house-votes-354-to-60-to-condemn-his-actions/

Ocasio-Cortez nails why Trump's latest pact is so utterly disturbing
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-18
On 17 October, the US announced a highly controversial deal with Turkey that would supposedly see Turkish-led invaders suspend their attacks on northern Syria (aka Rojava). The condition was essentially that the largely-Kurdish communities of Rojava would have to stop resisting and leave their homes behind. Turkey would then move other people into the area to replace them (as it previousl…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/10/18/ocasio-cortez-nails-why-trumps-latest-pact-is-so-utterly-disturbing/

First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity
Marco Terrugi | workers.org | 2019-10-18
The following is based on a slightly modified translation by Resumen Latinoamericano, published Sept. 21. The First International Women's Congress for Peace and Solidarity among Peoples, held in Caracas [Sept. 19-21], assembled representatives of 110 organizations from 23 countries from all over the world. The proposal and plans for the . . . | Continue reading First International Women's Congress calls for unity and solidarity at Workers.org
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Activists Mount "Sick-In" To Highlight Pollution in Chile
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-18
Greenpeace activists and residents of communities suffering from industrial pollution created a mock hospital ward outside the Chilean presidential palace on Thursday to demand that the government commit to shutting down coal-fired power plants by 2030. | RELATED: | Greenpeace: Indonesian Firms Involved in Fires Have Not Been Punished | About 20 people were lying in hospital beds, hooked up to oxygen tanks and covered by sheets "stained" with pollution. | The aim of the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Activists-Mount-Sick-In-To-Highlight-Pollution-in-Chile-20191018-0007.html

Greta the Disturber
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
Greta Thunberg has become an international figure. The sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist has gone from a lonely student skipping school on Fridays to protest for more action on global warming to being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Greta has become a global player. The New York City Board of Education officially excused over…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/greta-the-disturber/

Peace Restored in Ecuador, But is trust?
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-18
After ten people were reported killed on the streets of Ecuador, together with about 2,000 people injured and a large number imprisoned, an agreement was reached between the Lenin Moreno government and protesters against a controversial Decree 883 that had the footprint of the neoliberal austerity policies of the IMF. For the time being the…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/18/peace-restored-in-ecuador-but-is-trust/

Sallie Mae's Hawaii retreat while millions struggle to repay loans bolsters argument to 'cancel all student debt,' Sanders says
Julia Conley | nationofchange.org | 2019-10-18
Critics of the United States' student debt crisis took aim at loan corporation Sallie Mae on Friday after NBC News reported on a trip the company's executives took over the summer to Hawaii to celebrate record-breaking sales in 2018. NBC reported Thursday night that more than 100 executives and salespeople used some of the profits raked in from 45 million Americans who …
nationofchange.org/2019/10/18/sallie-maes-hawaii-retreat-while-millions-struggle-to-repay-loans-bolsters-argument-to-cancel-all-student-debt-sanders-says/

As NBC Rejects Calls for Independent, Outside Investigation, Women's Group Urges DNC to Cancel Upcoming Presidential Primary Debate on MSNBC
commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/10/18/nbc-rejects-calls-independent-outside-investigation-womens-group-urges-dnc?cd-origin=rss

Senate Republicans to Hold "Save the Senate" Retreat at Trump Hotel
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-10-18
The Senate Republicans' campaign arm is hosting a multi-day retreat at the Trump International Hotel next month, the latest in a series of GOP events that have the added purpose of enriching the president's company. | The National Republican Senatorial Committee is hosting a "Save the Senate" retreat from November 7 to 8 at the Washington, D.C., hotel. Listed on the invitation as attending are Donald Tr…
theintercept.com/2019/10/18/senate-republicans-trump-hotel-retreat/

Anti-immigrant Group Leader Maria Espinoza Runs for Congress Again
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-10-18
Maria Espinoza, the national director of the anti-immigrant hate group the Remembrance Project, is running again for Congress in her home district in Texas.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/10/18/anti-immigrant-group-leader-maria-espinoza-runs-congress-again

"Stand up for this democracy": My congressman, Elijah Cummings
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-10-18
I am mourning the untimely death of Rep. Elijah Cummings who was our congressman when my wife Joyce and I lived in Baltimore. He was an unwavering progressive and, in recent months, played a leading role in exposing the criminal, unconstitutional abuses of power by President Donald Trump. I covered Cummings as a correspondent for …
peoplesworld.org/article/stand-up-for-this-democracy-my-congressman-elijah-cummings/

Sallie Mae's Hawaii Retreat While Millions Struggle to Repay Loans Bolsters Argument to 'Cancel All Student Debt,' Sanders Says
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-18
Critics of the United States' student debt crisis directed outrage at loan corporation Sallie Mae on Friday after NBC News reported on a recent trip its executives took to Hawaii to celebrate record-breaking sales in 2018. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/graduate_debt-2_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/18/sallie-maes-hawaii-retreat-while-millions-struggle-repay-loans-bolsters-argument?cd-origin=rss

Danish Red-Green Alliance congress: Organising for climate and social justice
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-10-18
Dick NicholsIssue 1241 DenmarkOctober 18, 2019Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) held its 30th congress in Copenhagen on October 5-6, in a political context that contrasted strongly with that of its previous congress. | Eighteen months ago the party's 300-plus congress delegates were preparing for a general election they hoped would lift the RGA into the role of main challenger to the Social Democrats for he…
greenleft.org.au/content/danish-red-green-alliance-congress-%E2%80%94-organising-climate-and-social-justice

Could Turkish Aggression Boost Peace in Syria?
Firas Samuri | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
On October 7, 2019, the U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from northeast Syria, where the contingent alongside Kurdish militias controlled the vast territories. Trump clarified that the decision is connected with the intention of Turkey to attack the Kurdish units, posing a threat to Ankara. It's incredible that the Turkish …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/could-turkish-aggression-boost-peace-in-syria/

Agreement to pause Turkey's campaign in Syria destroys US credibility, top Democrats say, despite demanding it
rt.com | 2019-10-17
Can Trump do anything right? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer don't seem to think so, calling his agreement to pause Turkey's military campaign in northeastern Syria a "sham." | The US-Turkey agreement to pause Ankara's operation "seriously undermines the credibility of America's foreign policy and sends a dangerous message to our allies and adversaries alike that our word cannot be trusted," Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement on Thursday. | President Erdogan has given up nothing, and President Trump has given him everything. | Just last week, however, the pair were teari…
rt.com/usa/471179-pelosi-schumer-complain-trump-turkey/

We need to force the government to end all arms deals with Turkey, not just some
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-10-17
On Tuesday 15 October, the British government suspended new arms sales to Turkey over its invasion of northern Syria. | Foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced that no more export licences would be granted "for items that might be used in milita…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/10/17/we-need-to-force-the-government-to-end-all-arms-deals-with-turkey-not-just-some/

Sorting Facts From Fiction About the US Withdrawal From Syria
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2019-10-17
If one believes in the restoration of international law and the tenets of the UN Charter, then the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from northern Syria is a good thing. Here are some facts and history that explain why.
mintpressnews.com/facts-fiction-us-withdrawal-from-syria/262431/

Turkey Agrees with US To Pause Syria Attack, Kurds To Speak Soon
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-17
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its five-day offensive on Syria to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" that Ankara had sought to capture in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and Turkey as a complete victory. | RELATED: | Erdogan Throws Trump's Syria Letter in the Trash | The truce was announced by United States Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan. | If implemented, it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announc…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkey-Agrees-with-US-To-Pause-Syria-Attack-Kurds-To-Speak-Soon-20191017-0016.html

Iran 'Has Evidence' US, Israel, Saudis Attacked Tanker & Why The Kurds In Syria Are Just Terrorists
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2019-10-17
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-up/iran-has-evidence-us-israel-saudis-attacked-tanker-why-the-kurds-in-syria-are-just-terrorists/

It's Curtains for US in Syria: Russia, Iran Owe Big Thanks to Erdogan
M.K. Bhadrakumar | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and the Assad regime. We have a complex scenario where on the one hand the Turkish …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/its-curtains-for-us-in-syria-russia-iran-owe-big-thanks-to-erdogan/

Can the US Protect the Kurds Without Using Military Force?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-17
The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Trump's troop withdrawal from Syria, making it look like Democrats are wedded to military intervention. Is there an alternative that protects the Kurds without the use of the U.S. military?
therealnews.com/stories/us-protect-kurds-without-military-force

Syria: Exposing Western Radical Collaboration with Imperialism
Ajamu Baraka | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
Despite so many self-defined radicals' reading and claims to understand Gramsci's corrective to Marxism-Leninism's mechanistic understanding of the relationship between the base and the ideological superstructure, the ease by which some radicals are manipulated by the crude ideological machinations of the ruling class is truly astonishing. It is quite understandable that liberals would be manipulated …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/syria-exposing-western-radical-collaboration-with-imperialism/

Why Withdrawing US Troops from Northern Syria is GOOD
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-17
The foreign policy elite is in an uproar. They claim "we have abandoned our allies". They question "how can America be trusted?" They say the decision to withdraw from northern Syria was a "gift" to Russia, Iran, and Assad, even ISIS. It is true that the policy of US/NATO interventionism is failing. But that has been …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/why-withdrawing-us-troops-from-northern-syria-is-good/

With just one tweet, the youngest ever MSP destroys Trump's drivel on Turkey's invasion of Syria
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-10-17
Ross Greer, the youngest ever member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), has brilliantly taken down Donald Trump's latest drivel on Turkey's illegal invasion of northern Syria (aka Rojava). | Schooled: | NATO's second largest army is currently attacking Ku…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/10/17/one-tweet-youngest-ever-msp-destroys-trumps-drivel-turkeys-invasion-syria/

Nobody Has a Plan for Thousands of ISIS Fighters Detained by Kurds in Syria
Umar Farooq | theintercept.com | 2019-10-17
The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from Syria means nobody knows who will eventually control the 10,000 ISIS fighters there or where they will wind up.
theintercept.com/2019/10/17/syria-turkey-kurds-isis/

US Carried Out Cyber Strike on Iran in Wake of Saudi Oil Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-17
The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blame on Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters. | RELATED: | Iran Says They Are Ready For Peace Talks With Saudi Arabia | The officials, who spoke on anonymity, said the operation too…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Carried-Out-Cyber-Strike-on-Iran-in-Wake-of-Saudi-Oil-Attack-20191017-0018.html

Ongoing insecurity in Darfur, despite 'remarkable developments' in Sudan: UN peacekeeping chief
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-17
Despite major political developments at a national level, which have led to the establishment of a civilian-led government, the security situation in the Darfur region of Sudan remains unstable, UN peace chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed the Security Council on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049541

Concerned over Haiti's political crisis, Guterres promises 'continuous commitment'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-17
In the light of on-going instability across Haiti and this week's transition away from fully-fledged peacekeeping operations, the UN chief on Thursday promised "the continuous commitment" of the Organization "to support the Haitian people on their path to peace and development".
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